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  • Obama on Syria: Situation Has Deteriorated

    President Obama says the U.S. is constantly communicating with the opposition movement in Syria.

  • *Wall Street jumps; S&P, Dow up more than 1 pct. NEW YORK, Nov 6- Oil rose 3 percent on Tuesday, rallying a second straight session and receiving a lift from gains on Wall Street as investors awaited U.S. election results. President Barack Obama and Romney were neck-and-neck as Americans cast votes for president and Congress, polls showed on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- Oil surged more than 2 percent on Tuesday, rallying for a second straight day and receiving a lift from gains on Wall Street and a weaker dollar as investors awaited U.S. election results. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney were neck-and-neck as Americans cast votes for president and Congress, polls showed on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney battled down to the wire on Tuesday, mounting a last-minute Election Day drive to get their supporters to the polls in a handful of states that will decide the winner in a neck-and-neck race for the White House.

  • *Greece funding deal unlikely next week- source. SINGAPORE, Nov 6- Brent oil traded in a tight range below $108 per barrel on Tuesday, hurt by uncertainty ahead of the U.S. elections and renewed worries about Greece and the euro zone crisis, which could delay a global economic recovery and dampen oil demand.

  • *Greece funding deal unlikely next week- source. SINGAPORE, Nov 6- Brent oil traded in a tight range below $108 per barrel on Tuesday, caught between uncertainty ahead of the U.S. elections and renewed worries about Greece and the euro zone crisis, which could delay a global economic recovery and hurt oil demand.

  • ISTANBUL, Nov 5- Turkey regained its investment grade credit rating on Monday after an 18 year gap, endorsing an economic transformation achieved in the past decade under Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- A U.S. fine for anti-money laundering rule breaches could cost HSBC significantly more than $1.5 billion and is likely to lead to criminal charges, Europe's biggest bank said on Monday.

  • ISTANBUL, Nov 5- Fitch Ratings upgraded Turkey to investment grade on Monday, a move long coveted by Ankara, citing underlying strengths and an easing in near-term risks for the economy. The upgrade, Turkey's first investment grade rating since 1994, triggered a rally in financial markets.

  • LONDON, Nov 5- A U.S. fine for anti-money laundering rule breaches could cost HSBC significantly more than $1.5 billion and is likely to lead to criminal charges, Europe's biggest bank said on Monday.

  • CAIRO, Nov 4- The international mediator on Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, called on Sunday for world powers to issue a U.N. Security Council resolution based on a deal they reached in June to set up a transitional government in a bid to end the bloodshed.

  • By Radu Marinas and Sam Cage and Justyna Pawlak and Raissa Kasolowsky. BUCHAREST/ BRUSSELS/ DUBAI, Nov 2- Two months into anti-government protests in Syria last year, as the military crackdown grew more vicious, the European Union and United States introduced sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad, his security chiefs and members of his family.

  • *Exodus of talent and money from Russia. Russia is exporting three things in great quantity, says a leading Moscow banker: natural resources, capital and people. Only the first could be regarded as healthy and sustainable; the other two imply that oligarchs and ordinary citizens alike are turning their back on Putin's Russia.

  • LONDON- Britain threatened on Thursday to veto any deal on the European Union budget that is not good for the British taxpayer, a day after a humiliating defeat in parliament undermined Prime Minister David Cameron's authority.

  • JERUSALEM- Most Israelis would be reassured if Mitt Romney won next week's U.S. presidential election, feeling they had an unquestioning friend rather than a dispassionate critic in the White House.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- Iran and Syria have arranged a gasoline-for-diesel swap, helping each other overcome international sanctions that have cut them off from fuel supplies needed to keep their economies afloat and support their armies.

  • LONDON, Oct 30- Imperial Tobacco has taken a 1.2 billion-pound writedown on its Spanish business as the impoverished country's smokers turn to cheaper black market cigarettes.

  • NEW YORK/ REHOBOTH BEACH- Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States, pounded the east coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign.

  • ROME- Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi faced a fresh setback on Monday as early counting in a local election in Sicily showed his divided centre-right party trailing in a former stronghold and big gains for the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement.

  • WASHINGTON- With one week left in the tight battle for the White House, it's all about the vital swing state of Ohio. Unless it's about Colorado- or Iowa, or tiny New Hampshire.